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Drinking milk during pregnancy ‘may lower child’s MS risk’

10th February 2010

Scientists have claimed women who drink milk during pregnancy may reduce their baby’s chances of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) as an adult.

In a new study, researchers found the risk of MS was significantly lower among women born to mothers with a high milk or dietary vitamin D intake while pregnant.

Commenting on the findings, Fariba Mirzaei, from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, said the risk of MS among daughters whose mother consumed four glasses of milk a day was 56 per cent lower than daughters whose mothers consumed less than three glasses per milk per month.

She added: “We also found the risk of MS among daughters whose mothers were in the top 20 per cent of vitamin D intake during pregnancy was 45 per cent lower than daughters whose mothers were in the bottom 20 per cent for vitamin D intake during pregnancy.

The body of evidence to suggest that vitamin D has an effect on MS continues to grow, Ms Mirzaei explained.

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